The Oklahoma State Cowboys were an improved team in 2012-13, advancing and earning a No. 5 seed within the NCAA Tournament this past March.
The Cowboys however, were upset in the Round of 64 and now Oklahoma State fans must await the news of their star performers and their potential decisions on staying or leaving for the ranks of the NBA Draft. Well on Thursday morning, some good news was reported as it appears sophomore forward LeBryan Nash will return to Stillwater next season.
CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman tweeted the news:
LeBryan Nash staying at Oklahoma State, sources told CBSSports. Teammate Marcus Smart leaning towards leaving for NBA.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 4, 2013
Nash, who has the potential to be a first round pick when he does decide to leave Oklahoma State, is making a solid choice here. Nash has had two productive seasons as a Cowboy, but certainly can look to improve his stock even more so in 2013-14.
Nash averaged 14.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.
As for the other name mentioned in Goodman’s tweet, Marcus Smart is leaning towards entering his name into the draft. This news however, should come as no surprise. Smart is widely rumored to be a top five selection this upcoming June and very well could be the top overall point guard selected.
The other name that Oklahoma State fans want to keep an eye on is the high-flying junior, Markel Brown. The 6-foot-3 guard has seen his stock skyrocket this year and could very well be a first round selection if he decides to leave school.
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